Advisory Group

Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the CERF Advisory Group provides the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of CERF.

The group does this through the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), who manages CERF’s day-to-day operations on the Secretary-General’s behalf.

Advisory Group members serve in their individual capacity, and not as representatives of their countries or Governments. They include Government officials from contributing and recipient countries, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations and academic experts. Members have been carefully selected to reflect a geographical and gender balance.

CERF Advisory Group 2015-2016

Advisory Group Members 2015 - 2016 (New York meeting, 27-28 October 2015)

Back row L-R: Mr. Antoine Gerard (Chief a.i., CERF secretariat), Ms. Jette Michelsen (Denmark), Mr. Nestor Koko (Cote d'Ivoire), Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi (Qatar), Mr. Samson Palia Wangusi (Kenya), Mr. Stephen O'Brien (Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator), Ms. Rachel Turner (UK), Mr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev (Azerbaijan), Mr. Jozef H.L. Andriessen (Netherlands). Front row L-R:  Mr. Seokyoung Choi (Republic of Korea), Ms. Najla Alkaabi (United Arab Emirates), Ms. Christina Buchan (Canada), Ms. Maria Andrea Alban Duran (Colombia), Ms. Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko (South Africa), Mr. Jesus (Gary) Domingo (Philippines) and Mr. Manuel Bessler (Switzerland)

Absent: Mr. Julius Oketta (Uganda),  Ms. Eltje Aderhold (Germany), Mr. Per Orneus (Sweden) and Ms. Judy Cheng-Hopkins

 

CERF Advisory Group Members 2015-2016
 

Mr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev

Director

The Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA)

Azerbaijan

 

Ms. Christina Buchan

Director

Humanitarian Organizations and Food Assistance (DFATD)

Canada

 

Ms. María Andrea Albán Durán

Director

International Cooperation Agency

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombia

Mr. Nestor Koko

Counsellor

Permanent Mission of Côte d’Ivoire

to the United Nations in New York

Côte d’Ivoire

 

Ms. Jette Michelsen   
Chief Advisor
Department for Humanitarian Action Civil Society and Personnel Assistance

Denmark

Dr. Eltje Aderhold

Head of Division

Task Force for Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Foreign Office

Germany

 

Mr. Samson Palia Wangusi

Deputy Secretary and Head of Kenya

Relief and Rehabilitation Department

Kenya

 

Ms. Judy Cheng-Hopkins

Adjunct Professor (Peacebuilding)

Columbia University

Malaysia

 

Mr. Jozef H.L.M. Andriessen
Director

Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Dept. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Netherlands

Mr. Jesus (Gary) S. Domingo

Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Office of the United Nations and International Organizations, Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippines

 

Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi

Director of the Department of International

Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Director-General of the Qatar Development Fund

Qatar

 

Ambassador Seokyoung Choi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative

Korea to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva

Republic of Korea

 

Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko

Global Governance and Continental Agenda

Department of International Relations and Cooperation

South Africa

 

Mr. Per Örneus

Swedish Ambassador for Humanitarian Affairs

Sweden

 

 

Ambassador Manuel Bessler

Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA)

Swiss Agency for Development and

Cooperation SDC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Switzerland

 

Major General Dr. Julius Oketta

Director

National Emergency Operations and Coordination Centre, Office of the Prime Minister, Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management

Uganda

 

Ms. Najla Alkaabi

Assistant Undersecretary

International Cooperation Sector, Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD)

United Arab Emirates

 

Ms. Rachel Turner

Director 

East and Central Africa Department, Department for International Development (DFID)

United Kingdom